The music world was dealt a heavy blow on April 8, 1994, when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, 27, was found dead in his Seattle home from an apparent suicide. Coroners ruled he had died a few days earlier on April 5th. Although his mainstream success spanned only a handful of years, Cobain’s musical legacy through tracks like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are” left an eternal imprint in the grunge era of alternative rock.
But music industry aside, the loss of the troubled artist hit home especially for four of his closest relationships—his wife Courtney Love, his daughter Frances Bean, and his fellow band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
Check out where Cobain’s famous relationships are today.
Despite the death of her husband, Courtney Love found herself at the top of the music charts with her band Hole and their albums Live Through This—which was released less than a week after Cobain died—and later in 1998, Celebrity Skin. Love also found A-list success as an actress, getting a Golden Globe nod for her supporting role in The People vs. Larry Flynt.
But despite her huge successes, the rocker has never been able to shake the demon of notoriety that has plagued her for decades. Besides her eyebrow-raising plastic surgery debacles (see above), she’s been a favorite of tabloid headlines for being in and out of rehab and embarrassing herself with her off-the-wall and sometimes aggressive behavior—remember her 1995 feud with Madge and her flash on the Dave Letterman show in 2004? And if that weren’t enough, Love’s never gotten any Mom of the Year Awards, either, thanks to her ongoing personal and legal troubles with daughter Frances Bean.
These days, though, she’s been keeping a relatively tamer profile, joining the likes of Marilyn Manson in Yves Saint Laurent‘s music project campaign, as well as being the face for Njoy’s electronic cigarettes.
Some say she’s a spittin image of her father, but Frances Bean Cobain is carving out her own identity as she wades through both her parents’ heavy legacies.
In addition to tapping into some modeling—Frances posed for Elle in 2006 wearing her dad’s famous cardigan and pajama bottoms—the 20-year-old rocker child is also an artist. Using the pseudonym Fiddle Tim, her drawings have been seen in various exhibitions in recent years.
Frances is said to be engaged to Isaiah Silva, frontman of the rock band Rambles.
“When Kurt died I was lost, I was numb,” Dave Grohl confessed at this year’s SXSW. “The music I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I turned off the radio, I put away my drums.”
But he’d eventually pick his sticks up again, along with his guitar.
From being at the back of the stage as drummer of Nirvana, Grohl found his way front and center when he founded and became lead vocalist of the Foo Fighters.
But Grohl’s never stopped finding time to dive into other musical projects with his fellow artists. Post Nirvana he’s collaborated with Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Slash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and David Bowie, whose album Let’s Dance, Grohl confesses, is his all-time favorite.
And he’s still as busy as ever. In the fall of 2012, Grohl was confirmed as the drummer for Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album, he jammed out with Paul McCartney in the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief benefit concert, and he even recently directed a doc called Sound City.
After the dissolution of Nirvana, bassist Krist Novoselic founded a couple bands and jumped into the world of punk before he discovered his passion for politics and social activism.
In 1995 Novoselic founded JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee), a progressive committee that supports the freedom of expression of musicians and musical consumer choices. Along with that, he wrote a regular column in a local Seattle alt weekly and in 2004 authored a book, Of Grunge and Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy.
Still as politically active as ever, Novoselic is an advocate for grassroots movements and electoral reform.